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36 Hours in Berlin (and not a minute more). An itinerary to ensure your guests hate Berlin. 
Did you ever wonder at the intentions of tourists who come to Berlin as voyeurs to the horrors of the 20th century? After a weekend chock-full of terror, mass
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Does Desire Set You Free? A Preview of an upcoming film about Berlin's underground queer scene…. 
The changing meanings of The Needle are the inspiration for these pages. Above Alexanderplatz is Berlin's television tower. The Needle surveilled the city during East German times like a threatening eye; then its meaning changed after the Berlin Wall fell. Berliners now think of the tower as a ...
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Flying Bach goes to America… but does it work there?
The changing meanings of The Needle are the inspiration for these pages. Above Alexanderplatz is Berlin's television tower. The Needle surveilled the city during East German times like a threatening eye; then its meaning changed after the Berlin Wall fell. Berliners now think of the tower as a ...
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It's lunch hour at the Stadtklause. The public sit at narrow tables with wooden benches. The walls are covered with antique photographs in places where warped
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Piketty and the May Protests in Berlin, the view from the Needle 
The changing meanings of The Needle are the inspiration for these pages. Above Alexanderplatz is Berlin's television tower. The Needle surveilled the city during East German times like a threatening eye; then its meaning changed after the Berlin Wall fell. Berliners now think of the tower as a ...
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When insults are 'local culture'… and why Berlin is getting friendlier! 
The changing meanings of The Needle are the inspiration for these pages. Above Alexanderplatz is Berlin's television tower. The Needle surveilled the city during East German times like a threatening eye; then its meaning changed after the Berlin Wall fell. Berliners now think of the tower as a ...
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What? A 20 km2 Balinese nudist camp in Central Berlin? On the Needle…
The changing meanings of The Needle are the inspiration for these pages. Above Alexanderplatz is Berlin's television tower. The Needle surveilled the city during East German times like a threatening eye; then its meaning changed after the Berlin Wall fell. Berliners now think of the tower as a ...
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Kreuzberg 36 BURNS, Kreuzberg 61 YAWNS. Which one do you belong to? 
The changing meanings of The Needle are the inspiration for these pages. Above Alexanderplatz is Berlin's television tower. The Needle surveilled the city during East German times like a threatening eye; then its meaning changed after the Berlin Wall fell. Berliners now think of the tower as a ...
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The changing meanings of The Needle are the inspiration for these pages. Above Alexanderplatz is Berlin's television tower. The Needle surveilled the city during East German times like a threatening eye; then its meaning changed after the Berlin Wall fell. Berliners now think of the tower as a ...
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What happens when the Moon grows full over Kreuzberg
The changing meanings of The Needle are the inspiration for these pages. Above Alexanderplatz is Berlin's television tower. The Needle surveilled the city during East German times like a threatening eye; then its meaning changed after the Berlin Wall fell. Berliners now think of the tower as a ...
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Debunking the Myth of German Efficiency… on the Needle
Am I the only one delighted by German inefficiency? One of my least favourite passages in a book by a very good historian uses broadly painted cultural generalisations to explain why Germans sent so many more Jews to the camps than the Italians. In All or Nothing: The Axis and the Holocaust (1990), Jonathan Steinberg proposes a "matrix of vice and virtue". In Italy, peacetime vices ('"disorder, disobedience… slyness… corruption") became wartime v...
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The MEAT debriefing: What life's like after 240 hours confinement in a sexually-charged hyper-real installation: http://needleberlin.com/2014/04/17/240-hours-later-the-meat-debriefing/
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Berlin's English-speaking blog about changes in the German capital
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  • The Needle is a blog and online magazine about the German capital in English. 
    The changing meanings of The Needle are the inspiration. Above Alexanderplatz is Berlin's television tower. The Needle surveilled the city during East German times like a threatening eye; then its meaning changed after the Berlin Wall fell. Berliners now think of the tower as a giant disco ball flirting with the city lights––a symbol of sex, electronic music and youth culture. This weekly documents the Berlin Renaissance today, mindful of a dramatic and terrifying history. Berlin is Europe's most exciting city, and The Needle is here to share.